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Kitty Philosophy (pictures)

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 18, 2013, 2:43 PM


Whew! Just brought my (*ahem* I mean not mine, just a foster...) kitty home from his neutering & vaccination. He was lovely and patient on the bus ride home, as always. But as soon as we got inside, he spent the next hour stomping about the house, yowling and growling, and knocking things over. (I've never known a cat before that would literally growl to himself when being ignored.) But I suppose he deserves to complain about such an ordeal.

Now that he's contentedly asleep, curled by my side, I ask myself the quintessential question of feline owners everywhere: Does this cat love me?


He's very friendly, and seems to seek out my company. He's much better fed and sheltered and groomed and cuddled than he was on the streets, and he seems aware of the fact. The problem is, he's indiscriminately affectionate toward everyone - it's like his default state. He happily greets every stranger, and if more than one person is present, he will move from lap to lap so that everyone gets a fair share of petting.

When I finally rehome him, will he miss me? If his new owner isn't as awesome as me, will he notice and be sad? Will he feel any separation anxiety, or are caretakers simply interchangeable parts?

What is love? Is it possible to love everyone, or does it only mean something when it's a limited resource?

Then again, maybe it's all a lost cause, considering that I'm the one who had his balls removed. Alas, perhaps we'll never know.





design by KlakKlak | textures from Ransie3 & night-fate-stock

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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My in-laws have a very social, loving cat named Festus. He even tolerates my 18 month old trying to pick him up and carry him around (they probably weigh about the same at this point!).

He does seem to gravitate just slightly more towards "his people" vs. absolute strangers, but you wouldn't notice the preference off-hand.
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cmelissa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it depends on the cat. My old cat, Sugar (my avatar pic) liked me and only me. She would largely ignore everyone else, but would follow me around the house to whatever room I was in and jump in my lap every chance. Our outside cat, though, goes up to anyone and everyone for a pat on the head.
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Joava Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoever provides the food is the favorite, but I'm sure he's being nice in case any other strangers should want to feed him. If he was out on the streets before, that's probably how he got food. Then again, some cats are very social, and some are like "Don't touch me." I'd consider myself lucky to have a friendly kitty. :)
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0okamiseishin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it really depends on the cat. The kittens I fostered were very affectionate and one of them seemed fine without me while the other was so attached I ended up keeping her and she used to flip out when I got home from school. She only did it to me and my mom. Never with anything else.

My current kitty I found outside is very friendly to everyone and really mellow. He likes attention from anyone but flips out when I leave. So My cat would be pretty upset if I left while some of my other cats have been fine living without me.
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finiens Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A funny journal and an adorable cat.:)
I never really owned a cat before, but I grew up with them at my grandmothers house. Also I lived with one for a while, since a friend of mine (who owned that cat) had to stay at another city because of her job and couldnīt take her cat with her. During that time I was adored by that cat. She sat in front of my door in the morning, patiently waiting until I woke up and had time to pet her. When I got home from work she greeted me like Iīd been gone for a week and wouldnīt leave my side. In the evening she curled herself up on the chair beside me (I didnīt own a couch) and was upset when I had to carry her outside because I went to bed.
However, the moment my friend was home again I was all but forgotten. Itīs probably just the nature of these animals. They are pretty indifferent about the person they grace with their affection, as long as they feed and cuddle them.^^'
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, I suspect you're right. :D Even if it's nothing personal, I love the energy of having a cat in the home. I don't know what it is - maybe it's just because I grew up with them (or I subconsciously associate the smell of a litterbox with being home, hah) - but I need that presence.
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finiens Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A live without cats seems pretty boring to me. They may be not the companion type of animal (like dogs), but they are lovable and highly entertaining in their own, special way.:)
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autogatos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww he's a lynx-point! I have two of those. They're my favorite kitties.
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Are you referring to his ears? I'd never seen fluffy ones like this before, but it's absolutely adorable. x3
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autogatos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Naw, his pattern: [link]

Basically he's got the tabby gene and the pointed (siamese) gene so that's why he has those striped markings just on his face, feet, and tail. And the coloration is called flame-point: [link]
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